National Affairs: The Long Road

When Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia back in 1939, Hans Lenk's world was washed from beneath him. In the years after World War I—during which he served as a captain in the Austro-Hungarian army—he had built up a prosperous export business in Carlsbad. But the Nazis, busily stripping Jews of their fortunes, sent him to the Dachau concentration camp, then released him and told him to get out of the country—or else.

Hans and his brother Fred got visas for the Philippines, hoping eventually to begin life anew in America. Six months after they got to Manila, the Japanese attacked. Both men volunteered their...

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